AnAge entry for Sylvilagus floridanus

Classification (HAGRID: 03036)

Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
        Class: Mammalia (Taxon entry)
            Order: Lagomorpha
                Family: Leporidae
                    Genus: Sylvilagus
Species
Sylvilagus floridanus
Common name
Eastern cottontail

Lifespan, ageing, and relevant traits

Maximum longevity
9.8 years (captivity)
Source
Steven Austad, pers. comm.
Sample size
Small
Data quality
Acceptable
Observations

In the wild, these animals appear to live up to 5 years. In captivity, they have been reported to live more than 9 years [0001]. One captive specimen lived 8.4 years at Tulsa Zoo [0671]. There are anecdotal reports, which may be true, of one animal living 9.8 years in captivity (Steven Austad, pers. comm.). Other estimates suggest they may live over 10 years [0697], but this is unverified.

Life history traits (averages)

Female sexual maturity
123 days
Male sexual maturity
Gestation
30 days
Weaning
24 days
Litter size
5 (viviparous)
Litters per year
3.9
Inter-litter interval
30 days
Weight at birth
40 g
Weight at weaning
118.5 g
Adult weight
1,150 g
Postnatal growth rate
0.0243 days-1 (from Gompertz function)
Maximum longevity residual
68%

Metabolism

No information on metabolism is available.

References

External Resources

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ITIS 180124
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NCBI Taxonomy
Taxonomy ID 9988
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